Ripley mother presses for more vCJD research

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Shirley Warne does not want other families to suffer

A Ripley mother has taken her fight to get more research done into variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) to Downing Street.

Shirley Warne's son Chris died in October 1997 aged 36.

She handed in a petition on Friday calling for more research to be done into how it could be spread through blood transfusions.

The Department of Health said the condition remained a priority for the government.

An inquest into Mr Warne's death linked it to eating beef at the height of the BSE scandal and there was also a government inquiry into the illness.

'Hideous disease'

But his mother and other families fear there could still be associated risks from blood transfusions.

Mrs Warne said: "After the inquiry, things were going to be done and I don't feel as if they take it seriously enough.

"I wouldn't like to think of any family having to sit and watch someone die of this hideous, and that's the right word, hideous, disease."

vCJD arose in the population in the 1980s as a result of eating beef from cattle infected with BSE.

The governments said there were already strict conditions on the use of blood and blood products.

In a statement, the Department of Health said: "CJD research remains a priority for government. We have put in a range of precautionary measures to reduce the risk of potential vCJD transmission through medical interventions."

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